Nearly a week after claiming responsibility for the Sri Lanka terror attack, ISIS chief Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has released a video. The 18-minute video came has Baghdadi appearing after a hiatus of five years. The video puts aside the rumours of the ISIS chief succumbing in an air strike.
The video, which was released by the Al Furqan Foundation, core media group of the outfit, on Monday evening shows Baghdadi mentioning the Easter attack on the island country. He also mentioned the end of the war in the Syrian town of Bāghūz. Apart from speaking about the attack in Sri Lanka and the Syrian war, he is also seen presiding over jihadis from several countries while they take the oath of allegiance to the ISIS and its chief.
According to India.com With the video’s release, it is also confirmed that Baghdadi is operating from his secret location and the message is clearly intended to increase the ISIS recruits and fighters. It also intended to reinforce a serious security threat to countries across much of the world. Though Baghdadi seems to have aged, it appears that he is in good health.
Baghdadi was last seen onscreen in 2014 when he gave a speech from the Al Nuri mosque in Mosul. In August last year, the Al Furqan Foundation had released 55-minute audio in which Baghdadi was addressing his followers to keep the fight going in Iraq and Syria. That alleged audio clip was released last year in May after media reports stated that Baghdadi may have been killed in a Russian air strike in Syria’s Raqqa.
Both the foreign intelligence agencies, as well as the Indian intelligence, are carefully evaluating Baghdadi’s speech which is apparently aimed at increasing radicalisation by splinter and IS-inspired groups in India and abroad.